Research Assistant/Associate in Observational, X-ray and Theoretical Astrophyiscs

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of Cambridge
Department Name: 
Institute of Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at the West Cambridge site expects to appoint four or more postdoctoral researchers in the IoA's observational, X-ray and theoretical astrophysics programmes. Research at the IoA includes observational and theoretical work in: exoplanetary detection, atmospheres and interiors; formation and evolution of stars, their planetary systems and disks; protoplanetary discs; Gaia satellite Milky Way and science alerts follow-up science; near-field cosmology; star formation in external galaxies; accretion discs; formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and AGN; quasar absorption lines and the intergalactic medium; gravitational lensing; X-ray studies of clusters of galaxies and active galaxies; feedback processes; cosmological hydrodynamic simulations; emergence of structure during the epoch of reionization; and cosmic microwave background cosmology. Appointments could be made in any area within the overall programme detailed above, but we also expect to appoint positions in each of the following areas.

1. Exoplanetary atmospheres and formation conditions

2. Observations and/or modelling of debris in extrasolar planetary systems

3. Near field cosmology including Gaia research

4. Cosmic microwave background cosmology

Successful applicants will be expected to pursue research within the context of the overall programme and to develop a high degree of interaction with the faculty, postdoctoral researchers and research students; to conduct a highly competitive programme of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high-performance computing, large telescopes, or other international facilities) and write scientific articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field or be near to completion. The primary criteria for selection will be based on research excellence in observational and/or theoretical astronomy as detailed above. The current salary scale is £25,728 to £30,688 p.a. (Research Assistant) or £31,604 to £38,833 (Research Associate) plus superannuation benefits.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further particulars about the role, please see url link below. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please submit your application by midnight (GMT) of the closing date.  Further information can be obtained from Professor Richard McMahon (rgm(at)

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publication record and research statement and covering letter and the contact details of three referees. The names and contact details of three referees are a necessary part of the submission.  Referees will be contacted following your application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by the deadline of midnight (GMT) Monday, 8th January 2018.

The IoA is committed to providing a family friendly environment for researchers and is ensuring that should parental leave be needed during the course of employment, there is provision for extension to contract to compensate for the parental leave taken.

Please quote reference LG13837 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Professor Richard McMahon
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LG13837 Observational, X-ray and Theoretical Astrophyiscs